NEW BERN – As work continues to upgrade a Craven County highway to meet interstate standards, one lane will be closed temporarily to widen the highway’s shoulder.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close one lane of U.S. 70 West from mile marker 412, half of a mile east of N.C. 43, to Tuscarora Rhems Road. The lane closure will begin 6:30 a.m. April 29 and will last until the work is complete.
Crews will widen shoulders in 2.5-mile increments.
One lane will remain open and drivers are urged to slow down when approaching the work zone and while traveling through it.
The work is part of a larger project to bring U.S. 70 up to interstate standards. Crews are widening shoulders, as well as milling and repaving the highway, which will be renamed I-42. The project in its entirety is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.